04/03/19 Mon. So.....I think I finally sorted out the
Digi broadband problem after many visits to the office in Financial
Park. I am still getting bills from them but have been told by the
office to ignore them as it takes a while for their computers to catch
up. Takes a while for their staff to catch up also!! I have
helped Neil strip down his inmast furler motor, found nothing wrong with
it but the four solenoids which control it from under the saloon deck
were all corroded away - could be the problem! We went to a motor
parts shop and ordered four new ones. I also think I may have
sorted out the problems I have been experiencing uploading this site
(fingers crossed). What I cannot fix is the AIS - NMEA 2000
data is not being passed from the unit to either the plotter or the
sailing instruments, but NMEA 0183 data is being passed to the laptop
and my iPad via wi-fi. I have checked and re-checked all
connections and wiring before contacting Vesper Marine in New Zealand
who told me to check the ohms on the data wires with all power off, as
well as the power lead when switched on. Readings should be 60
ohms and 12 vdc respectively and I am getting 59.5 ohms and 13.5 vdc.
Vesper Marine now say I will have to send the unit back to them for
further testing, that's going to be a pain! We have had a couple of
evenings with the other yachties in the Back Yacht Bar.
06/03/19 Weds. Took all the wiring off the AIS transponder
and removed the unit, then took it across town to the DHL office for
shipment to NZ. While the girl there was packing it up, I received
another e-mail from Vesper asking me to delay shipment whilst they
reviewed some photo's I sent them last night, so I still have the unit
08/03/19 Fri. Rain - the first we've had since the middle
09/03/19 Sat. Slipped our mooring at 7.30am this morning
and sailed across to Muara for Paul's surprise birthday party, anchored
off Serasa around 11.30. At 5.30pm, we all gathered in the lower
deck of the yacht club to surprise him when he came back from a trip
upriver - a good night was had by us all.
10/03/19 Sun. Hoisted the dinghy back onboard this morning
and weighed anchor at 6.45am for the return trip to Labuan, arriving
there at 10.30. The sea was flat calm and very little wind during
14/03/19 Thurs. Since being back in Labuan, I have helped
Neil (Shelley) to refit his mainsail after the furler motor
repairs - the boat is 60 feet long, so it's a big, heavy sail.
We've been back to DHL today and posted off the package containing my
AIS for evaluation and repair. Ana is busy making dresses for
another friend. I spent all this morning chasing an electrical
fault which had rendered all the lights in the fwd. cabin useless and
turned out to be a cracked switch on the main panel - not easily
removed! Booked flights for Ana to go home to Manila again for
daughter and son graduations.
15/03/19 Fri. Today I tackled the two non-working reading
lights in the saloon, which meant taking down the deckhead panel to
trace wiring. The fault was common to both lights - a broken
neutral wire on each lamp (manufacturing fault!) Soldered two new
wires on and now both working again. Ana still dressmaking!
21/03/19 Thurs. Been in search of a Racor filter to add in
line to the existing CAV fuel filter but only Chinese 'rip-off' models
available here. The fuel lines could be a problem adapting too!
Looks as if I will have to order the Racor from UK and then figure out a
way to either change or adapt the fuel lines.
23/03/19 Sat. We went to Leyden Engineering this morning
looking for fuel line adaptors, hose etc., and as I thought - they have
them all! I just need to source a Racor 120AS filter assembly from
somewhere now, and that will have to be the UK or US.
26/03/19 Tues. Happy Birthday to
my brother Clive! Have tried to ring him again without
success. Our friends and neighbours Matt & Karen on Yume
left this morning for Brunei, Miri and onwards. I have finally
found a supplier of the Racor 120AS filter in the UK, although it means
buying it with the incorrect filter element and changing it myself.
27/03/19 Weds. Ana left this morning for KK and her flight
home to Manila, so I'm on my own for a couple of weeks - fairly soon I
will be the only resident in the marina!
28/03/19 Thurs. My AIS has been repaired (a hardware fault
in the N2K module), and is now on it's way back to me.
29/03/19 Fri. More departures this morning - Garry on
Inca II left at 0600, quickly followed by the Dutch flagged
Imagine. Wayne left last night. All heading north
towards the Philippines. Now there is only me on 'B' dock and
Alistair on 'A' dock - it's very quiet! My AIS is with DHL in
30/03/19 Sat. Nothing happening! My AIS has left the DHL
facility in Kota Kinabalu, so we will see how long it takes to get here
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